The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.
Did you enjoy a fresh cut tree for Christmas this year? There are many benefits to having one in your house for the season, but soon, they need to be taken down and removed from your house. There are a few ways that you can get rid of your Christmas tree in the Barton County area after the season. If you live in Great Bend or Ellinwood, you can take your tree (with lights, ornaments and tinsel removed) to the city composts sites. For Hoisington, you can take them out to the local burn site and they will burn them ...
Some people forget about the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the birth of Christ, love, friendship and spending time with the family. As a youngster, I have fond memories of Mom inside fixing turkey and dressing while my siblings and I would be playing outside throwing snowballs, playing "fox and geese" and just being kids.
December 23, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
While shoppers may be counting down the days till Christmas, veterinarians and cattle producers are preparing for the first day of January when new federal rules go into effect on the use of antibiotics in feed.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host six regional agribusiness development workshops in early 2017. Mark these dates on your calendar, as the workshops will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, current business development opportunities, and organizational contacts to assist with start-ups or expansions.
Merry Christmas Everyone! At this time of year, we bring plants into our house to help decorate for the season. Many of these, such as trees and poinsettias are removed and discarded at the end of the season, but Christmas Cactus are plants that you can enjoy all year long! I found a short article on them to share with you this week that goes over care if you have one already, or what to do if you are looking at getting a Cactus. I hope you enjoy this and I hope each and every one of you has a ...
The Extension Master Gardener program through K-State Research and Extension is a valuable volunteer program that trades classroom hours of study with the experts in horticulture. In return, the Master gardeners give back to their communities with the knowledge they received. A long time Master Gardener for Barton County is Ron Cunningham of Ellinwood. I asked him to write a column for me to share this week. For more information about the Master Gardener program, call the Extension office at 620-793-1910. New classes are forming now, so call if you would like to be able to get involved!
The Christmas season is here and a new year isn't far behind. This week and next, let's take a brief look at the top agriculture stories of 2016. These are in no particular order and your list may vary from this one.
December 17, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin